Sonardyne boosts VideoRay ROVs flexibility

first_imgThe system calculates the position of underwater targets using a transceiver at the surface to transmit an acoustic signal to transponders. In recent trials, the Defender was equipped with a Micro-Ranger 2 and a Viper mine disposal system from ECS Special Projects. UK-based underwater positioning specialist Sonardyne initially integrated Micro-Ranger 2 USBL technology with VideoRay’s Mission Specialist Technology for ROVs in 2018. Chris Gibson, vice president of Sales, Marketing & Business Development at VideoRay, said: Sonardyne designed the Micro-Ranger 2 USB for shallow water tracking of divers and small ROVs and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). Since then, the systems have carried out a range of operations from aquaculture to mine countermeasures. Micro-Ranger 2 system has an operating range of 995 metres and can update the position of each target up to twice a second. Viper is a twin-shot disruptor with the capability of deploying multiple “shots” during one dive mission. VideoRay’s Defender and Pro 5 ROVs feature Mission Specialist Technology. VideoRay and Sonardyne have been working together to demonstrate enhanced ROV operations through integration with positioning systems. “Micro-Ranger 2 worked flawlessly, accurately tracking the Defender as it deployed the Viper charge on a simulated manta mine.” “It’s a high-performance tool that gives our ROVs even more range and flexibility when matched with the Viper system.” Using the return signal from each transponder, Micro-Ranger 2 determines its range, bearing, and depth.last_img read more

Claims to Guyana’s territory “expansionist ambition” – President Granger

first_imgThe statement further reveals that the Administration of President David Granger has committed to bringing an end to the decades-old border controversy between Guyana and neighbouring Venezuela through judicial intervention, since Venezuela is bent on seeking to prove that it owns part of Guyana, despite the decision handed down by the Arbitral Tribunal.REJECTEDThe Energy and Petroleum Commission of Venezuela has rejected the legality of oil operations ongoing in Guyana’s Essequibo region. Venezuela has, for several decades, been claiming Guyana’s territory, although the border issue has been settled since 1899.According to the El Nacional report, vice-president of the parliamentary body, Deputy for Zulia, Elías Matta, tabled the draft agreement, explaining that, “As stipulated in Article 5 of the Geneva Agreement, no resource can be exploited if there is no agreement between both nations”.“Deputy Matta said the Guyana Government carried out the expansion of oil prospecting operations in May 2015, in which Exxon-Mobil reported a discovery at the Liza-1 well of the Stabroek Block.“Likewise, on November 17, 2016, the commercialisation of the same was announced, estimating its recoverable resources (at) between 800 million and 1.4 billion barrels of high quality crude oil belonging to the coastal waters of the Essequibo”, the report noted.The Venezuelan Parliamentary Commission wants the Venezuelan Government to send this “agreement” to the new UN Good Officer for the Guyana/Venezuela conflict. The Commission also wants the UN official “to immediately suspend all operations carried out within the maritime area corresponding to the territory in claim until the dispute is resolved.” The UN Good Officer has no such powers, according to local officials familiar with the process.The border controversy, which was not on Venezuela’s front burner for several years – after being first officially mooted in 1962 – was reignited when US oil giant ExxonMobil began exploratory works in the Stabroek Block offshore the Essequibo. With Guyana on the verge of becoming a lucrative oil-producing nation, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro issued a decree in May 2015, purporting to claim the majority of Guyana’s waters off the Essequibo. The decree was a flagrant violation of international law, and was inconsistent with the principle that all states should respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of other states.In an effort to defend its sovereignty, Guyana has made it clear to the Venezuelan Government that the Essequibo and the waters offshore belong to Guyana, and has strengthened its push for judicial settlement of the issue, as the Good Offices process had yielded little result.SETTLEDThe border dispute between Guyana and Venezuela was settled by an international tribunal in 1899 in an award the parties, including Venezuela, had agreed would be the final settlement. Since Venezuela began adopting a belligerent attitude towards Guyana, moves have been made by the international community, including the UN Secretary General, to push for a peaceful resolution of the issue.Fifty years ago, shortly before Guyana’s independence in 1966, the Geneva Agreement was signed with the aim of amicably resolving the controversy, which has arisen because Venezuela contends that the Arbitral Award of 1899 in regard to the frontier between Venezuela and what is now the Cooperative Republic of Guyana is null and void.The 1966 Geneva Agreement confers on the Secretary General of the United Nations the power to choose the means of settling this controversy from among those that are contemplated in Article 33 of the United Nations Charter. Guyana-Venezuela border controversy…Venezuela says Exxon oil operations in Guyana violate Geneva agreement Venezuelan newspaper El Nacional has published a report detailing that the Energy and Petroleum Commission of the National Assembly of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is convinced that the oil exploration ongoing in Guyana violates the Geneva Agreement of 1966 and Article 10 of The Bolivarian Constitution of Venezuela, “which clearly establishes the Venezuelan territory”.But in a statement issued to the media on Thursday following publication of the El Nacional article, The Ministry of the Presidency maintains that Guyana has always respected the 1899 Arbitral Tribunal’s Award as being the final settlement of the border controversy, and that President Granger views Venezuela’s claims to Guyana’s territory as “expansionist ambition”.last_img read more

What direction SA’s economy?

first_imgJP LandmanSouth Africa’s new cabinet is a careful balance between different interest groups – and between different views on the economy. On the one hand we have people like the new minister of economic development, who comes from a fairly socialist and government-centred view of the world. On the other are people such as Trevor Manuel, who have learned about the limitations of the state.There will be serious debates about economic policy, including:macroeconomic policy (interest rates and budget balances)industrial policy (which industries the state should support and protect)microeconomics (the economics of individual sectors such as textiles, health and vehicle manufacturing, where tariffs, relevant infrastructure and specific supply side measures are important decisions)This is a new phase in South Africa’s democracy, and will be a new experience for the country’s political economy.When the Growth, Employment and Redistribution Programme (Gear) was introduced in 1996 after that year’s currency crisis, it was very much a top-down affair. The left has not forgiven Mbeki for that, and took their revenge. This top-down approach is the way macroeconomic stability was introduced in a score of countries in Latin America and even India, the world’s largest democracy, in 1991 – five years before Gear.Politics and economic policy-making do not always mix, as we saw in the old South Africa and what we currently see in Latin America.High road and low road scenariosThe high-road scenario is that the macro framework remains: a floating currency, budget discipline that will enhance national savings, tight focus on inflation (preferably through inflation targeting), and an open and outward-looking economy.The debate can then move on to questions such as:How can South Africa get onto a growth path that is more labour intensive?How can capital best be mobilised to finance infrastructure development?What are the next reforms to be undertaken to lift the growth capacity of the economy? Industrial policy and micro-economics can play a huge role in this.The low-road scenario is that the macro framework gets jettisoned. This is unlikely due to the cash-flow squeeze caused by the global crisis and South Africa’s infrastructure programme.A more realistic risk is that we develop a huge dependence in the state to deliver growth and development. This takes us into a developmental state framework. Not a developmental state as it was practiced in the East or Latin America, but with a unique South Africa identity to it. Will it be a market-friendly developmental state or a statist one? The choice will determine South Africa’s growth.How much is enough?By how much should the country grow to sustain its progress? As always, I like to convert it to per capita income growth, as that takes care of population growth.Over the first 15 years of democracy per capita incomes were lifted by 30%. All else flowed from that. Just to repeat some of the results of that 30% rise:More than 4-million jobs were created taking the percentage of the working age population that is employed from 39% to 44%. (Unemployment is not falling as much as 4-million new jobs would suggest because more young people enter the labour market looking for jobs. It is an issue of demography, not failure to create jobs).Huge progress has been made in providing housing, water, sanitation and electricity to millions of people.A social security net has been established that helps close to 14-million people every month at a cost of 4.8% of GDP.This year the public sector will invest 8% of GDP in infrastructure.(It is no surprise that the African National Congress was returned to power with a huge majority in the recent elections – millions of lives have changed, even if other millions have not.)To repeat the above and more would again require a 30% rise in per capita incomes over the next 15 years. That in turn will only require economic growth of 2.4% a year. That is not a demanding growth rate, and one South Africa should be able to achieve. If the figure looks low it is because the country’s population growth rate is low.But do we want to up our game? A difference of just 1% growth a year – annual growth of 3.4% – can bring that 30% rise about in 10 years, not 15. In a six-year period of 3.4% growth, 2-million more jobs can be added to the economy.All the benefits achieved above will again be reaped, but in a shorter time. It will make a huge contribution in wiping out the country’s developmental deficit.Will we plod along, or strive for the 6% growth that the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative targeted? That is for me will be the test of Jacob Zuma’s new government, and we will see over the term of this parliament how things develop.JP Landman is a self-employed political and trend analyst. He consults to SA largest private wealth business, BoE Private Clients, and works with several SA corporates on future scenario trends. His focus areas are trends in politics, economics and social capital.Among some of the unique research projects his consultancy has undertaken was the role of public institutions in battling corruption (quoted by the UN in a report on corruption), the interplay of demographics and economic growth, and an overview of trends around poverty alleviation in SA. Whilst working as an analyst on the JSE in the 1990s he was voted the top analyst in political trends.He is also a popular speaker who has addressed diverse audiences locally and internationally and enjoys consistently good ratings.He has a BA and LLB degrees from Stellenbosch (1978), studied Economics and Development Economics at Unisa (1979 and 1980) and later at Harvard (1998 and 2005), and obtained an MPhil in Future Studies (cum laude) from Stellenbosch (2003).last_img read more

Zuma appoints new Public Protector

first_img19 October 2009President Jacob Zuma has appointed human rights lawyer Advocate Thulisile Madonsela as South Africa’s new Public Protector. Madonsela replaces Advocate Lawrence Mushwana, who left the position on Friday after serving out his non-renewable seven-year term.Madonsela was recommended for the position by a special parliamentary committee following a week of candidate interviews.The Public Protector is an independent institution established in terms of Chapter 9 of the country’s Constitution to strengthen democracy by investigating alleged improper conduct by state agencies or officials.‘Important responsibility’Zuma said Madonsela was taking on an important responsibility. “She will need to ensure that this office continues to be accessible to ordinary citizens and undertakes its work without fear or favour.”An advocate with extensive experience in constitutional, human rights and equality law, Madonsela was most recently a full-time member of the South African Law Reform Commission.As a member of a judicial transformation task team, Madonsela helped draft bills and a strategic plan for transforming the country’s justice system and state legal services as well as the Victims’ Charter and gender and employment equity policy.Zuma thanked Mushwana for the excellent service he had given to the country.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Cup visitors enchanted by South Africa

first_img17 June 2010The world’s attention is focused on the southern tip of Africa as the greatest football showpiece plays itself out on the fields and in the streets of South Africa. But once the final whistle has blown on 11 July, it seems as though a lot of happy fans will be coming back to the country.They’re interested in the diverse holiday opportunities offered by game parks, beaches, and the different sights and sounds of South Africa.As both Spain and Switzerland opened their World Cup accounts at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium on Wednesday afternoon, with Switzerland grabbing a surprise win, the fans from both camps had been soaking up more than just the football extravaganza.‘Durban is perfect for me’Raul Spreafico is in town to support Spain. It is his first visit to any country in Africa, and he is very excited to be in Durban. He enjoys travelling the world – and says that being in Africa is one of his highlights.“I’m not much of an extremist,” says Spreafico. “I enjoy the calm and serenity of nature, so Durban is perfect for me.”Pontius Meier, clad in an all-red outfit in support of his Swiss team, says Durban “is the place to be right now … For the past week I was staying at African Sunrise Lodge, and I enjoyed the phuthu breakfast and home-grown fruits. Tomorrow we are going to scuba dive at Ushaka Marine World Aquarium.”Pontius’s friend James said: “It is my second time in South Africa, but I have never been to Durban before. The beach is marvelous, and it reminds me of the Spanish Riviera.”Kruger National ParkDespite being in awe of the impressive arch that spans across the Durban stadium, it seems some of the Swiss fans have found their new favourite destination further north – toward the renowned Kruger National Park and the famous “Big Five” of lion, buffalo, leopard, elephant and rhino.“The first thing we did was visit the Kruger National Park,” said Swiss brothers Ferdinand, Marcus and Rowan Kirsten. “We heard so much about it and we wanted to see for ourselves.”For Stephane, a travelling fan from Switzerland, it was “incredible to be surrounded by wild animals, even though I didn’t get to see the lion, but other than that the people have been friendly.”Others plan to head to the mountains, as well as to the country’s pristine beaches.Coastal areas“We came from Johannesburg and spent two nights in the Drakensberg Mountains, and from here we hope to see the coastal areas of the country, especially Cape Town and Port Elizabeth,” said Mikel Goldacena from Spain.For some of the visiting fans, this is not their first trip to South Africa.“I used to work for a construction company back in 1974 and came to work in South Africa. I am amazed by the transformation since then,” said Berner Roland from Switzerland.“South Africa has done well for itself with this World Cup. I am proud to see so much change,” added Roland, who said he will “definitely be back here in South Africa soon”.Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

Projecting the Depth Chart at Cornerback

first_imgCB1B: Ramon Richards (Jr.)After a sophomore slump last season, Richards has drawn praise from coaches and teammates this offseason as a leader ready to take the next step. Which is good timing, because OSU desperately needs a reliable CB opposite Ashton Lampkin. If he can progress in fall camp as he did this spring, there’s no question Ramon will be starting come September 3.CB1A: Ashton Lampkin (Sr.)Mr. Reliable is back after sitting out most of spring. He’s a guy you don’t need to worry about, because you know he can be ready no matter the circumstance. Lampkin is the veteran leader of the group and by far has the most sound technique and ability to read the play before it develops. He’ll be counted on as the No. 1 to shadow the opposing teams No. 1 guy.Not listedRodarius Williams/AJ Green (Fr.)These two freshman will likely not see playing time barring injury to the group. Both were highly touted recruits and could use the season to take advantage of a redshirt to grow mentally and physically.Malik Kearse (Jr.)Kearse is a junior college transfer who I think may be hard to get a read on. I don’t think he’ll see the field much but he’ll be on the depth chart somewhere. There’s no redshirt for him so I would guess he should play. I would list him running with the 3’s for now unless something changes in camp.Read the depth chart projection at running back here. Continuing our breakdown of the slightly early projection of the depth chart, I’ll be taking a look at how I think the cornerback position will shake out after fall camp. There’s approximately 38.65 listed at CB on the online roster, so I’ll do my best to keep it short and sweet with who I think will see meaningful playing time in the 2016 season.CB3: Madre Harper (Fr.)The true freshman from Lamar High School was an early enrollee, and with the relative lack of experience at CB they’ve been prepping him for playing time early. He won’t be a starter, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him play valuable minutes in the rotation down the stretch. He’s a tall, lanky defensive back with big upside. But the learning curve will be steep. Fortunately, OSU has good experience at the top of the depth chart.CB3: Darius Curry (R-Jr.)Curry’s experience and leadership will play a big role in a group full of young, hungry defensive backs. He got a good taste of meaningful playing time last year, and with the freshman coming in, I think he’ll be somewhere in the deeper part of the rotation. But just like Harper, his playing time may be limited.CB2B: Bryce Balous (R-Fr.)Balous is a young up-and-comer who redshirted last season, but has drawn good reviews over the offseason. Coming out of high school, Balous was a safety but a switch to cornerback should benefit both Balous and OSU. He has really good size and a high ceiling, but the down side is just the lack of experience. He’s heady enough I don’t think he will be a liability despite his youth.CB2A: Lenzy Pipkins (Sr.)This is where the grad transfer should shine. Pipkins has a ton of experience and could be next in a long line of successful grad transfers to come through OSU. He has the size, experience, and skill to be a key cog. I’d put him No. 3 overall in the rotation behind Richards and Lampkin. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Courtesy Calls on the Governor General at Government House

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp03#Bahamas, October 3, 2017 – Nassau –Header Photo: Gillian Curry-Williams along with other cancer survivors called upon Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, at Government House recently. (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)2nd photo: Prefects along with the principal and teachers R.M. Bailey Senior High School paid a courtesy call upon Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, at Government House recently. (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)3rd photo: Members of UsTOO Bahamas Chapter — Prostate Cancer Education & Support organization — called upon Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, at Government House recently. (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more